Travel Photography even some years back was never thought to be a career that one can seriously pursue. But with the passage of time, the mindset has changed and people have included this subject in many academic institutions. If one wants to take up photography as his career then a blend of both artistic and technical acumen is needed along with practice and perseverance. The field of photography is vast with many specializations like commercial photography, scientific photography, and fashion photography. But to be more concise, here we shall discuss underwater photography and the tips needed to be adept at it.
See That You Are Completely Safe UnderWater
There is diverse wildlife underwater that one may not always be aware of while going for underwater photography. So to be safe there too you need to have control over your buoyancy. Precise control of the buoyancy will help one hover completely in a motionless state thereby helping you to take good photos of sea animals without harming or touching them. Remember, while backing out, you need to ascend with the head placed well below your fins and good control over your breath as well.
Start with a Simple Gear
Even a simple compact camera with manual settings and waterproof feature too will help you to get good photos that will make you feel like a pro. Always use a camera whose settings you are familiar with. For underwater photography, it is not needed to use a camera that is used by amateurs, buying which will create a hole in your pocket.
Avoid Shaky Movements
Holding the camera still is another necessary guideline for good underwater photography. You and your camera will be surrounded by water. So even a little wobble will make your viewers have a jerky feel when they go through your snapshots. For greater stabilization, hold the camera quite close to your body to avoid it getting jerky. You need to get a usable shot by making the camera standstill near your subject.
Use A Tripod
If you find it quite difficult to hold the camera steady, go for a tripod. This will help you to get rid of shakiness that may make your photos look blurred. Ask an expert before you choose a tripod because you need one that will suit your driving style and your budget too.
Get The Right Lens Packed
Be clear about what you want to shoot and pack your lens accordingly. A wide-angle lens will be needed for large subjects and a macro lens for small subjects. Also, use a red filter and ambient light for wide-angle 45’ or shallower. In this case, set the white balance whenever you change the depth or the lighting changes.
For a wide-angle deeper than 45’ turn on your lights and remove the red filter. Settle for extremely blue footage if you want to shoot something larger than the area illuminated by your lights
If using a macro lens, get the lights on but do not use a red filter. Also, experiment with different locations of the lights.
Get To Know Your Camera’s Settings Well
To understand what kind of pictures you will click is to be made clear before plunging into the water. Underwater photography requires the correct camera setting to get really good pictures. You can either set the aperture first and then the shutter speed or vice versa. The main thing to consider during underwater photography is how much you will be moving in water rather than your subject’s movement. If shooting a fast-moving creature, then aperture priority mode should definitely not be your priority setting for your camera. When using color settings, you can either go for Auto White Balance settings first and later correct the RAW files.
Study The Light Availability Underwater Correctly
Water engulfs most of the spectrums of red making shots bluer as deeper you go. To maintain the correct color tones in underwater photography, either stay close to the surface or use external lighting. Many photographers also depend highly on flash lighting that makes the color come back into the photographs. But one point should always be remembered that the further you are from your subject, the greater number of particles will pick up the strobe increasing the haze of your shot. You can also do mobile photography underwater if you have a waterproof phone!
Click a Variety of Shots
While editing your pictures, you should have a lot of photos to choose the best among wide, medium, and close-up shots of the subject. Shoot from different angles with different lights to give you a lot of options later.
Deal with Divers Skillfully
Some divers may have the intention to come on the way of your subject. To avoid that, please your divers with some nice shots of theirs which you can always delete later. This is also a very vital point to be remembered while doing underwater photography.
Know Your Dive Zone
Talk to someone who has the experience and a fair knowledge about the diving zone. For this, you can take the help of the divers who will accompany you. In some places, you will have no problem in simply walking, while in others you may require to dive from a boat. Therefore reading the location where you will dive into is very much needed in underwater photography.
Have Ample Time for Underwater Photography
Normally it may take a few minutes for you to take a shot in the land in landscape photography. But underwater photography calls for a complete calculation of time for taking perfect shots. Along with the time you also need to scale the level of oxygen and the driving techniques you need to equip yourself with. Even adjusting the camera settings and dealing with the aquatic animals will take more time than you have ever thought of.
Study Your Subject Well
One needs to do a detailed study of the animals one will shoot in underwater photography. The behavior and the risk that every creature will pose for you have to be taken care of in advance by analyzing the complete situation. Anytime you feel unsafe, take yourself out of the water instead of foolishly going around for further shots.
Stay Comfortable While Doing Underwater Photography
To get good shots you need to make your body feel quite comfortable. Taking shots with your teeth chattering due to the icy cold water will give you very poor photos. For best results in underwater photography, hire a scuba kit or a wetsuit and some fins to increase your mobility.
Be Unique With The Shots You Click
Thousands of people are into underwater photography these days. Do not copy the style of any other photographer. To find a unique perspective is difficult but that is what you should be looking for. This will help you to gather better experience and creativity for the subject that has been photographed a thousand times by others. Always work on your creative bent of mind to capture that feature of the subject that has never been taken or noticed before.
These are some of the simple tips one needs to follow while going for underwater photography. Do your research well and get shots to be proud of.
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